Heritage Values and the Assessment of Significance
Significance is now a core concept within our planning process. Its assessment is a key part of management and of development within the historic environment. This course will introduce the process, show you what is involved in preparing assessments of significance, teach you how to read and judge such assessments, and explore the ways in which they can be used. At the end, you should be convinced about the value of significance as a planning and management tool!
The course is open to all, but will be of particular interest to heritage asset managers and those providing advice to asset owners/managers; planners who have to consider and determine applications affecting heritage assets; historic environment professionals who wish to develop their skills in the assessment of significance and/or to improve their appreciation of good/reliable and unsatisfactory assessments; and architects, surveyors, planners, project managers and other practitioners who do not specialise in heritage, but who will benefit from an enhanced understanding of what is required from heritage assessments and how they can be used to guide change.
WEDNESDAY 5 JULY 2017
10.10am Definitions and Overarching Concepts
10.25am Does Heritage Matter?
11.15am Coffee/tea break
11.35am Does Heritage Matter? [Completion of Session on Heritage Values]
11.50am Assessments of significance - why, what and how?
12.30pm Class exercise - establishing the scope of an assessment of significance (based around a case study of Golden Valley Mill, Bitton)
2.00pm Group working on case study - developing an assessment of significance
3.30pm Coffee/tea break
3.50pm Group working on case study - developing an assessment of significance [Continuation]
4.45pm Public engagement issues relating to heritage assessments
5.30pm Discussion of issues from the first day
THURSDAY 6 JULY 2017
9.00am Review of groups' assessments
9.30am Group exercise - critique of some heritage statement examples
11.00am Coffee/tea break
11.20am Resume of what has been learned
11.30am Key issues to be considered in preparing assessments of significance
12.40pm Settings and views (outside building as part of 'Key issues to be considered in preparing assessments of significance')
2.00pm Group working on a case study involving the setting of a designated asset and key views (All Saints Church, Highweek)
3.15pm Coffee/tea break
3.45pm Group working - using the assessment to develop principles to guide and manage change within the historic environment
5.00pm Exercise and discussion on substantial harm
FRIDAY 7 JULY 2017
9.00am Site visit to Bletchley Park
1.45pm Structured discussion on issues arising from site visit
2.45pm Coffee/tea break
3.10pm Impact assessments - intro and group working - using the
assessment to measure predicted impacts on the historic environment
4.30pm Discussion of outstanding issues from course
4.45pm Course disperses
National Occupational Standards for Archaeology: Contributes to the Performance criteria and Knowledge and Understanding requirements for AC1 Research and analyse information to achieve objectives, and AD1 Characterise the archaeological resource and recommend action
National Occupational Standards for Town Planning/Conservation/Building Control: Contributes to the performance, knowledge and understanding requirements of: COSTPCBCB51.1 Identify and assess significant factors influencing the project proposals in conservation and building control; COSTPCBC56.1-B5.2 Analyse, research and report on historic and heritage assets in conservation; and COSBEDCL4O02 Provide ethical advice, judgement and service in planning, conservation and building control
Accommodation for this course is at Rewley House for Wednesday and Thursday nights only.
Depending on availability it may also be possible to extend your stay, please enquire at the time of booking for availability and prices.
All bedrooms are modern, comfortably furnished and each room has tea and coffee making facilities, Freeview television, and Free WiFi and private bath or shower rooms.
Tuition includes coffee/tea: £455.00
Baguette Lunch Wednesday, Thursday & Friday: £13.20
Dinner Wednesday & Thursday evenings: £36.50
Full Hot Lunch Wednesday, Thursday & Friday: £39.00
Single B&B Wednesday & Thursday nights: £145.20
Payment of fees must be made in full at the time of booking. Please note that businesses and organisations can be invoiced on provision of a Purchase Order and completed application form. These can be emailed to the CWHE Programme Administrator, email: email@example.com
Dr Stephen Bond
Historic Environment Consultant and Director, Heritage Places; joint author of Managing Built Heritage
Mr Henry Russell
Course Co-DirectorDirector of the Programme in Conservation of the Historic Environment, Reading University
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